Mum of nine bashed woman from behind

A MOTHER of nine will not serve time in jail for a relentless bashing, which continued even after the other woman fell on top of her young child.

Cheryl Ann Smith last week pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm in relation to the November 2011 attack.

The court heard a long-running feud was behind the assault, which took place while 42-year-old Smith and her victim were both treating their respective children to a day at the Killarney pool.

The two women were at different ends of the pool for some time but when the victim and her three-year-old son went to the kiosk, Smith made her move.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan said Smith approached the other woman from behind and punched her repeatedly.

"(Smith) struck her in the head and upper body with her fists," Sgt Wiggan said.

"(The victim) fell on top of her three-year-old child and (Smith) continued to punch her a number of times, saying 'that was a long time coming'."

Sgt Wiggan said the attack was unprovoked "at the time" and asked the court to impose a jail sentence for the assault.

Defence solicitor Daniel Habermann told the court there had been "ongoing animosity" between the two women for years and his client was the victim of threats on several occasions.

Mr Habermann added that Smith conceded she had behaved "most inappropriately" that day.

Magistrate Graham Lee scolded the woman on what he described as a "very serious matter".

Mr Lee also agreed with the police prosecutor's sentencing submission and sentenced Smith to three months jail, wholly suspended for 12 months.

The Killarney woman was also fined $150 for failing to appear to have her fingerprints and photographs taken by police in the time required.



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